I feel like Sign of the Times is gonna be Harry’s epic, signature song like Rhiannon is to Stevie Nicks. And years from now we’re gonna have a collection of performances and someone’s gonna go “my favorite was the graham norton performance” and someone else is gonna go “yeah, but have you heard this one…? It’s rare and maybe not his best, i heard he was sick that night, but he did this little [note or lyric] change and it saved my life.”
“So the interesting thing about that song is that old witch Rhiannon, she has been in every step we’ve ever done since 1975. You just can’t get rid of her. She just puts her wings on and flies in and takes over my world… sometimes.”
The thing that amazes me most about Stevie Nicks’ song “Rhiannon” is that Stevie wrote it without any prior knowledge of the celtic goddess and her story. She just happened to come across the name Rhiannon in a novel she was reading to pass the time in an airport. She thought, “wow this is a beautiful name” and something powerful resonated deeply within her. Then she wrote the song…about a mystical woman, named Rhiannon, who was free, in control of her life, always lifting herself up…a healer…birds, horses, lovers. Only a little while after did she realize that she had written a song that fits perfectly with the goddess, Rhiannon. She literally FELT Rhiannon’s powers within her soul without actually knowing such powers existed. If that’s not magic y'all, I don’t know what is.
if i were a month: October if i were a day: Wednesday if i were a planet: Pluto if i were a god or goddess: Danu if i were a sea animal: Shark
if i were a piece of furniture: Grandfather clock if i were a gemstone: Amethyst if i were a flower: Iris if i were a kind of weather: Downpour if i were a colour: indigo if i were an emotion: rage if i were a fruit: lemon if i were a sound: leaves rustling if i were an element: fire if i were a place: Frankfurt, Germany if i were a scent: fresh laundry if i were a song: Rhiannon - Fleetwood Mac if i were a body part: brain if i were a pair of shoes: vans if I were a direction: east if I were a liquid: jack daniels if I were a tree: oak if I were a musical instrument: violin if I were a time of day: dusk if I were a historical figure: Leonardo da Vinci if I were a vegetable: carrot if I was a berry: blackberry if I were a movie: V for Vendetta if I were a book: dreams & shadows if I were a food: anything with cheese if I were a material: leather if I were a taste: raw whiskey if I were a word: craic if I were an object: knife if I were a facial expression: resting bitch face (rosa diaz specifically) if I were a subject in school: psychology if I were a cartoon character: mandy from the grimm adventures if I were a shape: circle if I was a sin: lust if I was a car: BMW if I was a natural disaster: tsunami if I was a season: winter if I was a virtue: diligence if I was a mode of transportation: motor bike if I was an item of clothing: leather jacket if I was a phase of the moon: full moon if I were a number: 7
“So it’s just about a very mystical woman that finds it very, very hard to be tied down in any kind of way and she’s uplifting all through the song. That’s what I wanted to get and that’s what the band got really well - that uplifting of wings kind of a feel, you know - when you feel like you see a seagull and she’s like lifting up. Well, that’s Rhiannon. Rhiannon is the heavy-duty song to sing every night. On stage it’s really a mind tripper. Everybody, including me, is just blitzed by the end of it. And I put out so much in that song that I’m nearly down. There’s something to that song that touches people. I don’t know what it is but I’m really glad it happened. This legend of Rhiannon is about the song of the birds that take away pain and relieve suffering. That’s what music is to me. I don’t want any pain..”